GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Jy Simpkin of the Kangaroos in action during the 2019 AFL round 21 match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at GMHBA Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

North Melbourne midfielder Jy Simpkin has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension which will keep him at Arden Street until 2022.

Simpkin has been rewarded for his strong performances this season, his third at the club since his selection at pick No. 12 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.

The 21-year old’s current contract doesn’t expire until the end of next season, but is set to be an important player in the Kangaroos’ future and the club were keen to lock him in.

Simpkin has played 54 games for the Roos and has improved sharply throughout 2019.

After being dropped from the side in round six, the 21-year-old has put together a strong second-half of the season, including two dominant performances in round 15 and 16.

Simpkin accumulated 30 disposals in North Melbourne’s 44-point victory over Collingwood, before collecting a career-best 36 disposals and a goal against St Kilda.

Although they are likely to miss finals this season, the future is bright for the Kangaroos with a solid crop of young players coming through alongside Simpkin, including Nick Larkey, Cameron Zurhaar, Bailey Scott and Luke Davies-Uniacke.

North Melbourne 2021 Player Movements

2021 Gains
None
2021 Losses
Paul Ahern (delisted), Joel Crocker (delisted), Majak Daw (delisted), Sam Durdin (delisted), Lachlan Hosie (delisted), Ben Jacobs (delisted), Jamie Macmillan (delisted), Thomas Murphy (delisted), Jasper Pittard (delisted), Marley Williams (delisted), Mason Wood (delisted)
Re-Signed
Tarryn Thomas (2022)
Off Contract 2020
Jed Anderson, Ben Brown, Ben Cunnington, Taylor Garner, Kyron Hayden, Red Og Murphy, Bailey Scott, Curtis Taylor, Kayne Turner, Ed Vickers-Willis, Will Walker, Tristan Xerri

Check out the Roos’ full and updated contract list here.